Goldfields Involvement, 1853-1854
W.E Sasse was at Peg Leg Bendigo goldfields in 1853. The Anti-Gold License Association was formed at Bendigo in June 1853, led by George Thomson, Dr D.G. Jones and 'Captain' Edward Browne. The association focused its attention on the 30 shillings monthly licence fee miners were required to pay to the government. They drew up a petition outlining digger grievances and called for a reduced licence fee, improved law and order, the right to vote and the right to buy land. The petition was signed by diggers at Bendigo, Ballarat, Castlemaine, McIvor (Heathcote), Mount Alexander (Harcourt) and other diggings. The 13 metre long petition was presented to Lieutenant-Governor Charles La Trobe in Melbourne on the 01 August 1853, but their call for a reduction in monthly licence fees and land reform for diggers was rejected. The diggers dissatisfaction erupted into the Red Ribbon Rebellion where agitators wore red ribbons on their hats symbolising their defiance of the law and prohibitive licence fees.
Post 1854 Experiences
- INFORMATION. MR. W E. SASSE [sic] is requested to communicate with his WIFE Immediately. Any intelligence of him will be thankfully received; direct to Mrs. SASSE, at Mrs WILLIAMS, opposite the Red Lion, Moorabool-street, Geelong.
- Mr W.E. SASSE, who left his wife and child in April last, is requested to communicate immediately, as the child is very ill. Address Post Office, Geelong.
- Geelong Advertiser, 27 March 1854.
- The Argus, 04 March 1854.
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